Taking care of your family's health can sometimes feel like playing a never-ending game of catch-up, especially when it comes to dental issues. But if you really want to get ahead of health problems and the expenses that come with them, it's time to take some proactive measures. Here are a few things you can do to proactively cut down on dental health costs.
Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day is one of the best preventive measures you can take against high dental bills. When more than 40% of kids have cavities before they even reach kindergarten, it's easy to see why this habit is so important to instill in your children's daily routines, too. It's also worth noting that in order to have brushed your teeth thoroughly, you should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and brush for at least two minutes. Checking these two actions off when you and your family practice good tooth brushing habits can help ensure that everyone is practicing good dental hygiene consistently. It's also a good idea to floss on a regular basis. Once every day or anytime there's hard-to-reach food stuck between your teeth should be sufficient in terms of flossing.
Look Into Orthodontic Alternatives
When it's time to consider orthodontic treatment for your kids, it's important to take all of your options into consideration before signing on with an orthodontist for traditional metal braces. Even though almost four million Americans are currently wearing braces, that doesn't mean that traditional metal braces are the most effective or the most cost-efficient form of orthodontic treatment for your kids. Instead, consider asking your child's dentist about treatments that involve invisible aligners or a more minimal approach to teeth straightening. In some cases, you may find that an invisible aligner program is much more cost-effective. Not only that, but these treatments can be much easier on your child's confidence as their teeth are being treated. Of course, severe dental deformities or jaw alignment issues may need more extreme treatment. The important thing to remember is that you've done your research and spoken with your child's dentist about every available option.
Communicate With Your Dentist Regularly
Whether you like it or not, regular dental cleanings are one of the most effective proactive measures you can take to cut down on dental health costs. If your insurance covers two yearly cleanings, then make sure you're taking advantage of that! It's critical to communicate with your dentist on a regular basis about your oral hygiene habits, your dental concerns, and any questions you have about improving your oral health. Doing so could mean the difference between catching a problem early on and having to invest in oral surgery when you could have prevented it entirely. Talking with your dentist might not sound like an effective strategy for reducing dental costs, but the truth is that they have knowledge that you need to keep your smile bright without breaking the bank.
If nothing else, make taking better care of your teeth a resolution for yourself. Even though almost 80% of people don't keep their new year's resolutions, there's no reason you can't start now. Your teeth and your wallet will definitely be thanking you!